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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • “Everything We Can’t Describe in Music” Hazlitt (April 16, 2016). Timbre—the terroir of sound—is crucial to how we hear music. An excerpt from Bad Singer
  • “Klondike Creative Class,” Maisonneuve (Winter, 2013). The gold rush is long gone, but a new generation of artists is stoking the myth of the Yukon
  • “Face the Music,” Maisonneuve (Spring, 2012). How can someone who passionately loves music also be a terrible singer? Tim Falconer takes up voice lessons—and discovers the surprising science of tone deafness

LATEST ADDITIONS:

  • “Everything We Can’t Describe in Music” Hazlitt (April 16, 2016). Timbre—the terroir of sound—is crucial to how we hear music. An excerpt from Bad Singer
  • “Like Father, Like Son,” Maisonneuve blog (October 20, 2015). We associate “Reason over passion” with Pierre Trudeau, but it also describes the choice Canadians made when they elected Justin Trudeau
  • “Bringing Death to the Table,” Hazlitt (March 12, 2015). Talking to aging parents about how they want to die is no easier for us than talking to us about sex was for them. But that’s a conversation we still have to have

ARTS & CULTURE:

  • “Everything We Can’t Describe in Music” Hazlitt (April 16, 2016). Timbre—the terroir of sound—is crucial to how we hear music. An excerpt from Bad Singer
  • “Legacy of a Legend,” Ryerson Review of Journalism (November, 2014). This guest blog post is a tribute to Don Obe, a pioneer of literary Journalism in Canada—and someone I considered a friend and mentor
  • “Klondike Creative Class,” Maisonneuve (Winter, 2013). What’s the Klondike like more than a century after the Gold Rush? Like Leonard Cohen’s Greece, according to one filmmaker who lives there. How the coolest town in Canada created a thriving arts community
  • “Face the Music,” Maisonneuve (Spring, 2012). How can someone who passionately loves music also be a terrible singer? Tim Falconer takes up voice lessons—and discovers the surprising science of tone deafness
  • “Boys Don’t Try,” This Magazine (March-April, 2005). I tell the story of the book that changed my life in this essay about why many men don’t read fiction

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POLITICS:

  • “Like Father, Like Son,” Maisonneuve blog (October 20, 2015). We associate “Passion over reason” with Pierre Trudeau, but it also describes the choice Canadians made when they elected Justin Trudeau
  • “Vengeance is Ford’s,” All Fired Up in the Big Smoke (July 17, 2011). A look at how getting even is more important than good policy for Toronto mayor Rob Ford
  • “If Toronto’s Mayors were Maple Leafs,” This first appeared as a guest post on All Fired Up in the Big Smoke (Sept. 9, 2010) during the municipal election. I updated it the following June after we’d all seen Rob Ford in office
  • “How the politics of parking can defile a city,” The Toronto Star (May 11, 2008). An excerpt from Drive: A Road Trip through Our Complicated Affair with the Automobile

SCIENCE:

  • “Everything We Can’t Describe in Music” Hazlitt (April 16, 2016). Timbre—the terroir of sound—is crucial to how we hear music. An excerpt from Bad Singer
  • “The Dangerous Pride of the Innumerate Journalist,” Ryerson Review of Journalism (February, 2015). “I suck at math–that’s why I went into journalism” is a line I’ve been hearing for decades, but in this guest blog post, I argue that journalism is no place for people who don’t like math or science
  • “Face the Music,” Maisonneuve (Spring, 2012). How can someone who passionately loves music also be a terrible singer? Tim Falconer takes up voice lessons—and discovers the surprising science of tone deafness

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